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Wayne County Survivor Dedicated to Service after Diagnosis

Posted By on March 15th, 2016 at 8:31 am | 0 comments.

Melissa-Rickard-survivor-story-for-PLMelissa Rickard, Wayne County

Going through breast cancer taught me to accept what I cannot change. My grandmother had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s and passed away in 2009. That April, I found a lump while doing a breast self-exam. I had a biopsy and then, on my 37th birthday, the surgeon told me I had DCIS and an area of micro-invasion. I had a mastectomy and immediate reconstruction.

If I had waited until I was 40 to have a mammogram I probably wouldn’t be here. Cancer is non-discriminating and that includes by age. I’m a nurse practitioner at Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, and I encourage my patients to talk with their provider about screenings.

Wayne County conducted a community assessment and one of the barriers it highlighted is transportation. We learned that women weren’t getting screened because of lack of transportation to medical care and many were being diagnosed at a later stage with a higher mortality rate. We held a community campaign called Putting on the Pink to raise funds for a mobile mammography van. There is funding now for the equipment and the next step is to fund the van itself.
I also represent Wayne County in the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s photo exhibit, 67 Women, 67 Counties: Facing Breast Cancer in Pennsylvania and spoke at a recent exhibit opening at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The biggest lesson I learned through my experience is that some of the things I thought were important just really weren’t. It was a tough adjustment, having surgeries and at the same time still being in the Reserves. But I’ve learned to prioritize and to be present. When I’m not working, I take time to enjoy gardening, exercising, and reading.

Shop. Support Survivors. AmazonSmile Gives Back with Every Purchase

Posted By on March 15th, 2016 at 8:31 am | 0 comments.

Amazon-SmileDo you shop on Amazon.com? Did you know you can arrange for Amazon to donate to the PBCC every time you make a purchase? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the PBCC every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.05% of the purchase price to the PBCC. It really adds up!

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember that you’ve selected the PBCC, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation to our efforts.

Saddle Up! Ride for Life Set for April

Posted By on March 15th, 2016 at 8:30 am | 0 comments.

Ride-for-LifeThe 6th Annual Ride 4 Life will be held Saturday, April 23 at the Shale Knoll Indoor Arena in Annville. This one of a kind barrel racing event offers courses for riders of all experience levels. Whether you are a rookie or a master, there is a course for everyone.  Don’t miss it!

Started by breast cancer survivor Shelly Mix, Ride 4 Life has raised $13,000 over the years for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition. Shelly says she enjoys organizing the event every year because it’s something she feels passionate about.

 “As a breast cancer survivor and an avid barrel racer, I wanted to find a way to return the kindness and generosity shown to me in my time of need twelve years ago. I encourage every mom, sister, daughter, wife and friend to get a mammogram – it saved my life! Please join us for this festive day to celebrate and remember!” – Shelly Mix

Click here for event details.

3D Mammogram Coverage Information Available for PA Women

Posted By on February 15th, 2016 at 9:26 am | 0 comments.

3d-mammogram-for-PL3D mammograms are FREE for women in Pennsylvania! If you are insured under PA law or if you are covered by Medicaid in PA, 3D mammograms are available at no cost to you.

Have questions?

Click here to download our free 3D mammogram information sheet.

Click here for frequently asked questions about 3D mammograms from the PA Insurance Commission.

Free Weekend Fly Fishing Retreats Available in PA for Survivors

Posted By on February 15th, 2016 at 9:22 am | 0 comments.

Casting-for-recovery-for-PLCasting for Recovery is an organization that allows women who have, or have had, breast cancer to meet in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer an opportunity to meet new friends, exchange information, and have fun. Experience something new while enjoying beautiful surroundings within a safe and nurturing environment. Click here to learn more and to apply for YOUR retreat!
Casting For Recovery offers 2 ½ day fly fishing retreats at absolutely NO COST! In addition to retreats across the country, there are two in Pennsylvania:  September 18-20th at Skytop Lodge in Skytop PA, and August 26-28th at The River Village, Spruce Creek PA. The deadlines for applying are July 10th for Skytop and June 17th for Spruce Creek.

Young Survivor Finds Peace, Healing through Family & Fishing

Posted By on February 15th, 2016 at 9:20 am | 0 comments.
Survivor Mary Waugaman, center, found comfort through a fishing program for survivors called Casting for Recovery. For more information, see this month's Patient Advocacy tip!

Survivor Mary Waugaman, center, found comfort through a fishing program for survivors called Casting for Recovery. For more information, see this month’s Patient Advocacy tip!

Mary Waugaman, Indiana County

My mom had breast cancer in 1997 and her surgeon said, “When your daughter turns 35 I want her to get a baseline mammogram.” So two months before my 35th birthday in May 2006 my mom started nagging me. I scheduled the mammogram for July just to get her off my back. Luckily for me I turned 35 when I did and my mom kept nagging me because with that baseline mammogram I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.

I had a lumpectomy and lymph node dissection and then chemo and radiation. Then in 2008 I had a recurrence. The recurrence was estrogen positive so they suggested removing my ovaries, which I did in January 2009.

I found out that I was very strong. I hadn’t known that about myself. I remember before my first chemo treatment my dad saying, “It’s OK to be scared, honey.” But I wasn’t scared. I got very sick with the chemo but I knew what I had to do and I did it. When the recurrence happened, I didn’t think twice. I knew I had to have a mastectomy. I felt like breast cancer was coming back for me and I wanted to stop it. When my ovaries were removed I went into instant menopause. Of course then that meant I was unable to have children. Cancer took that from me too. I found myself getting depressed. You go through all the medical stuff and do what you have to do and then when it’s over you say, “what just happened?”.

My job as front office supervisor at Pediatric Alliance is two hours away from where I live so I don’t have a lot of spare time to connect with people and do therapeutic things for myself. But in 2012 I went to a Casting for Recovery retreat. That was the most amazing experience of my life. Casting for Recovery is a program that offers 2 ½ day fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer. There were so many women with different stories and while no one’s experience was just like mine, each one could relate to one part of my story and vice versa. I got back into nature and found peace and quiet. That was the beginning of the healing of my mind and soul that I didn’t even realize were damaged. It brought me back to the person I was before breast cancer. I still stay in touch with those women.

My best advice for others is to be your own advocate. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s OK to get a second opinion. Talk to people, talk to your doctors, and don’t just do what you’re told unless you feel like you’re making the right decisions. And I share with them what someone told me … it’s OK to laugh and it’s OK to cry. As long as you have that little bit of laughter along with the crying.

Pink Zone Welcomes 600+ Survivors, PBCC CARES Students

Posted By on February 15th, 2016 at 9:15 am | 0 comments.

Pink-Zone-thumbnail-for-articleThere is a reason they call it “The Goosebump Game.” Pink Zone at Penn State brings thousands of fans and hundreds of breast cancer survivors together for a day of empowerment and action – and LOTS of pink! The PA Breast Cancer Coalition is fortunate enough to be a beneficiary of Pink Zone and to have participated in this year’s along with survivors and members of its PBCC CARES student program.

The PBCC was there for all of the action as the Lady Lions took on the Michigan Wolverines January 17.  Watch the video below for highlights and insights from the big game!

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You’re Invited: PBCC Awards $50,000 Research Grant to Dr. Edward Gunther!

Posted By on February 15th, 2016 at 9:13 am | 0 comments.

patheadshotforplWant to be a part of our fight to end breast cancer? Join the PA Breast Cancer Coalition as we award a $50,000 breast cancer research grant to Dr. Edward Gunther on Thursday, February 25 at 9:30am at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Gunther is one of four winners in our 2016 Breast Cancer Research Grants Initiative. He plans to focus on the cause of breast cancer by investigating cells that go on to cause breast cancer.  Dr. Gunther and his team hope their studies will clarify whether this special subset of breast cells accumulates over time.  If so, the cells could become an important target for breast cancer prevention.
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Working toward a cure is a goal YOU can help us achieve every year around this time. How? All Pennsylvania residents have a chance to provide hope for our future during tax season. Just choose code “A” on line 32 of the PA-40 state income tax form and every penny will go directly to innovative research going on right here in Pennsylvania. Thanks to those donations, we have awarded more than $3 million in grants to date!

We hope to see you Thursday, February 25 in Hershey!  Click here to RSVP.